RE: Skoda Fabia

Wednesday 15th May 2002

Skoda Fabia

Ted gives it some welly in the Scottish Highlands


We've been keen to get our hands on the beautiful Fabia for some time. It's adesign classic in the mould of the Beetle, the Mini and the 911. The elegantlyproportioned Skoda takes design cues from a hacked about lump of cheddar withneatly proportioned lines, a chunky and purposeful looking body and a bonnetthat begs to be bitten off and enjoyed with a cream cracker.

Skoda enjoys an enviable reputation in world rallying now and we couldn'twait to see if the development experiences of Welsh forests would benefit us aswe headed for Scotland to give it some stick, some welly, a thrashing andperhaps even to set fire to it.

Admiring Glances

As we exited Edinburgh conscious of the admiring glances from othermotorists, I wound up the power and the chirpy little four pot screamed formercy. Entering the power band at 4,000 rpm (the engine barely works belowthat), I was slammed back in my seat as the torque thrust the car forward alittle bit. Rearing up like a horse about to bolt, I nailed my foot to the floorand we hurled across the Forth Bridge at 40mph leaving pedestrians in our wake.

As we hit the motorway I turned on the headlights in preparation for bearingdown on other motorists at high speed. Luckily the road was fairly empty andwith no sign of the police I slammed up the gearbox winding the car up to an eyewatering 105mph. The little projectile rocketed up the smooth motorway withbarely a grimace bar the constant argument with the rev limiter.

Head for the hills...!

Turning off the motorway we headed for the hills. Mile after mile of gorgeousB road to test the chassis and our nerve in one of our all time favourite sportscompacts. Ripping the gear lever out in my eagerness to wring more power fromthe screaming lump I left it in third as we thundered across the dramaticlandscape pausing only briefly for a Werthers Original and a scone.

The rallying pedigree of the car was very evident and a tribute to Skoda thatthey can bolt such a wonderful chassis underneath such a stunningly chunkybodyshell. 90mph (still in third) across the B roads we soaked up the bumps,crossed the ruts and approached the first tricky bend. As my codriver belted out"Sharp right, ninety! ", I kicked the Fabia into Radio 4 and wetook the bend with The Archers drowning out the sound of the rev limiter aboutto lose its rag completely.

Confidence

Our confidence to capability ratio was low early in the day, but by the timethe World at One bellowed over the tinny speakers we were well into our rhythm."Medium left, one hundred over crest, " I could just about hearthrough my earplugs, balaclava and Benny hat. I lifted off slightly as weapproached the rise in the road, reached down for another Werthers and pulledthe car round making full use of the over assisted steering, tearing off thecolumns stalks in the process. A hint of tyre screech indicated we wereapproaching the limit of adhesion and our heart rates quickened. It was time - Ireached down and flicked the switch. The air-con whirred into action, the carslowed and we breathed a cool sigh of relief just before we hit the sheep.

It was without doubt one of the test drives I've done.

Radio

The Fabia scores in all departments and is a car that not only drives butcomes with a full compliment of wheels and doors in all the right places. Forbroad based driver appeal, comfort and a radio, you'd be hard pressed to find aradio that could compete.

Skoda have come a long way in recent years under VW's guidance and it'sreassuring to find a car that's so delightfully under styled. There's beauty insimplicity. And the Fabia is a simpleton.

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Discussion

JSG

Original Poster:

2,238 posts

216 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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So you used a hire car for Knockhill then Ted.

Seriously though, it's good to see that Pistonheads is now testing the kind of sports cars / hot hatches that most of us can afford when we don't have McNab type resources.

I hope you'll spend more time reporting on this type of car in the future - can you include the pictures in the next Pistonheads calendar please.

Cheers,
JSG.

thom

2,745 posts

206 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Sounds like the supercar of the year!
Judging from the front right wing you definitely expected to thrash it down in its grave

PetrolTed

34,324 posts

236 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Not a bad little car really. Pig ugly but has some good attributes. The brakes were excellent.

JMGS4

8,448 posts

203 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Ted, a numpty or a real sheep with the front left?

>> Edited by JMGS4 on Wednesday 15th May 11:00

PetrolTed

34,324 posts

236 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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That would be telling Lamp chop anyone?
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Bonce

4,339 posts

212 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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It was without doubt one of the test drives I've done.


Ted, that was without doubt one of the reviews you've done!

kevinday

8,239 posts

213 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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ROTFLMFAO

Fatboy

7,497 posts

205 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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ROFLMAO Ted, really needed a good laugh like that today - people in the next office probably wonder what was so F*cking funny though

IPAddis

2,048 posts

217 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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As my codriver belted out "Sharp right, ninety!", I kicked the Fabia into Radio 4 and we took the bend with The Archers drowning out the sound of the rev limiter about to lose its rag completely.
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tvradict

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207 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Top review Ted! I read it 10 minutes ago and I've only just stopped crying!

So you like the Scottish roads then do you?! Just not the sheep!

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I left it in third as we thundered across the dramatic landscape pausing only briefly for a Werthers Original and a scone.


Don

28,366 posts

217 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Oh dear.

ZZR600

15,584 posts

201 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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ewe really messed that one up ted didnt ram it too hard ?

JSG

Original Poster:

2,238 posts

216 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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I bet you looked a bit sheepish returning the car.

Was the lambda sensor still connected?

JSG

Original Poster:

2,238 posts

216 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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As my codriver belted out "Sharp right, ninety!", I kicked the Fabia into Radio 4 and we took the bend with The Archers drowning out the sound of the rev limiter about to lose its rag completely.
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"lose its rag completely" - Brave man Ted. , unless of course it was the electronic and not the co-pilot version.

PetrolTed

34,324 posts

236 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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I was talking electronic

Roadrunner

2,690 posts

200 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Awesome report.

I've often wondered how a cerbera would cope with a little old caravan too. Imagine the look on the que stuck behind when you drop into second and floor it, not knowing what the hell was pulling it!

apache

39,726 posts

217 months

Wednesday 15th May 2002
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Inspired!

dr_byrne

2 posts

199 months

Thursday 16th May 2002
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Isn't it a bit childish to take out what is obviously not a performance car and thrash it until it actually crashes? I mean, where's the line between journalism and joyriding? Recently you posted a story about some poor chap who had his M3 pinched and got it back with some tyre damage etc, perhaps next week we'll be reading a report in these pages written by the actual thieves involved. I would suggest you omit the names of the 'reviewers' and blank the number plate of the motor being 'reviewed' in order to protect the anonymity of your sources, but obviously you have thought of this already...

dr_byrne

PetrolTed

34,324 posts

236 months

Thursday 16th May 2002
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Isn't it a bit childish to take out what is obviously not a performance car and thrash it until it actually crashes? I mean, where's the line between journalism and joyriding? Recently you posted a story about some poor chap who had his M3 pinched and got it back with some tyre damage etc, perhaps next week we'll be reading a report in these pages written by the actual thieves involved. I would suggest you omit the names of the 'reviewers' and blank the number plate of the motor being 'reviewed' in order to protect the anonymity of your sources, but obviously you have thought of this already...

dr_byrne


Dr Byrne, you take me too seriously.

DTWD

14 posts

196 months

Thursday 16th May 2002
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Get her!


Anyway great reporting. Did you really hit that sheep?

I hit a deer up in scotland. The wildlife up there has no respect for the front ends of cars!


paul